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Acidic ocean causes scallops to die around Vancouver Island

Vancouver - Rising acidity in the oceans in British Columbia are killing marine life and damaging the economy. The shellfish are dying off before they can be harvested, impacting business to the point where layoffs are expected to continue.

Photo Essay: Hiking Strathcona Provincial Park, Vancouver Island Special

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the oldest Provincial Park in British Columbia, surrounded by the Vancouver Island Mountains, where nature has been conserved for all to view with accessible trails, maps and parking.

Photo Essay: Travel, adventure and discovery in British Columbia Special

Vancouver - The city of Vancouver and Vancouver Island in British Columbia with its many historical and natural attractions including mountains, waterways and wildlife invite travellers to discover the sights and wonders of one of Canada’s most scenic provinces.

Japanese racing pigeon flies from Hokkaido, Japan, to BC, Canada

Comox - A racing pigeon crossed the Pacific Ocean, flying from Japan to Vancouver Island in British Columbia, a distance of nearly 8,000 kilometers. The pigeon is recovering in Courtenay, BC, and will be assigned to breed long-distance racers.

Boards, Babes, & Boobs — Breast Cancer Awareness, Tofino Style

Tofino is buzzing in anticipation of the Queen of the Peak all-female surf competition this weekend. Highlighting the array of temptingly talented female surfers on Vancouver Island's West Coast, proceeds from this annual event go to Keep A Breast Canada.

7-year old boy says 'Cougar almost ate me for lunch'

Port Alberni - A 7-year old boy is recovering in hospital, with cuts to his head and shoulder, after he was attacked by a cougar on Vancouver Island.

Oceanside Overdrive car show wows spectators in Parksville, BC Special

There were plenty of competition clutches with four on the floor this weekend in Parksville, BC as the Oceanside Overdrive car show roared into town. The turnout for this Vancouver Island show & shine spectacular would have made even the Beach Boys proud.

Op-Ed: Karma Coffee Canada — A Vancouver Island success story

While Coombs may be famous for its Goats on the Roof, the sweet smell of success radiating from Coombs these days is coming straight from the Karma Coffee House - aka Karma Coffee Canada.

Op-Ed: 'Weak Patrol' brings high energy rock to 'The Rock'

As any Van Islander will tell you, locals affectionately refer to living on Vancouver Island as living on “The Rock.” Lately, there is an entirely new reason for the rock terminology when discussing Vancouver Island.

Vancouver Island team wins Parksville's sand castle competition Special

The Sand Boxers from Victoria, BC were announced as the winning team of Parksville's Beachfest Quality Foods Canadian Open sand sculpting competition on July 15th.

Winner of Canada's Handyman Challenge debuts alluring new venture

Winner of HGTV’s Canada’s Handyman Challenge, Mark Falvai this week formally debuted his latest business venture. With a new website, Facebook page, and Twitter handle, Allure Tackle was officially reeled into prime time.

British Columbia: Vegan food coming to Parksville market

Parksville BC’s Craig Street Summer by the Sea market just became a whole lot healthier. La Vida Vegan announced yesterday that they were officially confirmed as a food vendor for the upcoming 2012 summer market season.

Mother Nature Plays April Fools' Day Joke on Parksville Qualicum Special

Parksville - As residents of Parksville and Qualicum Beach in B.C. awoke on April 1, they were made aware that Mother Nature definitely has a humorous side. Blooming daffodils and rhododendrons were covered in a thin blanket of snow, thanks to an overnight snowfall.

Qualicum Beach Resident Wins Canada’s Handyman Challenge

Qualicum Beach - In a small town where community chatter is the norm, Mark Falvai is a hero to many. Not only did the Qualicum Beach, BC resident beat out 11 other challengers to win HGTV’s Canada’s Handyman Challenge, he also managed to keep it a complete secret.

The ‘magic’ of Chemainus: From sawmill-town to mural-town Special

Victoria - Chemainus, a small community in British Columbia, has transformed in three decades from a struggling single-industry town into a fascinating tourist destination with dozens of outdoor murals and sculptures showing the history of the North Cowichan Valley.

Strong earthquake shakes Vancouver Island in Canada

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Vancouver Island on Canada's west coast at 12.41 p.m. Friday according to United States Geological Survey (USGS)

Canadian sailors injured during navy exercises

Victoria - The Canadian navy is investigating after one of its submarines struck bottom during training exercises off the coast of Vancouver Island, injuring two sailors.

At least Four died in Vancouver Island house fire

At least four women and a young girl are reported to be dead in a devastating Vancouver Island house fire. The incident that occurred in early morning even injured five more adults.

A Strong Earthquake Hits British Columbia This Morning Following This Week's Tremors

A magnitude 6.1 quake hit 97 miles west of Port Hardy just after 5:30 a.m. today, near Canada's west coast. Two smaller quakes had shaken the area earlier this week, both rated a mag 5, with a total of 18 quakes in the area so far this week.

Canadian oil spill threatens killer whales

As cleanup crews frantically tried to contain a massive oil spill off Vancouver Island, environmentalists were concerned that several killer whale pods may be at risk, reports said Wednesday.
 

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The 2012 Oceanside Overdrive car show in sunny Parksville  BC on Vancouver Island s west coast. Sun ...
The 2012 Oceanside Overdrive car show in sunny Parksville, BC on Vancouver Island's west coast. Sun, sand, surfboards, and steel.
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Looking across the ponds and meadows of the Centennial Loop fully accessible trail at Strathcona Pro...
Looking across the ponds and meadows of the Centennial Loop fully accessible trail at Strathcona Provincial Park to the Mt. Washington condominium accommodations.
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Looking across Lake Helen Mackenzie at Mount Elma from the Helen Mackenzie Battleship Lake loop at S...
Looking across Lake Helen Mackenzie at Mount Elma from the Helen Mackenzie Battleship Lake loop at Strathcona Provincial Park.
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Gray Jays or Whiskey Jacks follow and perch close by when hiking at Strathcona Provincial Park in ho...
Gray Jays or Whiskey Jacks follow and perch close by when hiking at Strathcona Provincial Park in hopes of catching a snack from the hikers. They are very friendly and will feed out of your hand.
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Tourism Tofino Launches Free Ferry Promotion with BC Ferries
Tourism Tofino Launches Free Ferry Promotion with BC Ferries
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Part of the fully accessible Centennial Loop found at the Strathcona Provincial Park  Paradise Meado...
Part of the fully accessible Centennial Loop found at the Strathcona Provincial Park, Paradise Meadows Trail Head as it heads back toward the Strathcona Wildlife Institute parking lot.
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Strathcona Wilderness Institute center at the Paradise Meadows Trail head across from Mount Washingt...
Strathcona Wilderness Institute center at the Paradise Meadows Trail head across from Mount Washington Alpine Area.
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Karma Coffee Canada s old fashioned outdoor patio; a nod to the way Coombs used to be.
Karma Coffee Canada's old fashioned outdoor patio; a nod to the way Coombs used to be.
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One of the many beauties on display at the 2012 Oceanside Overdrive Car Show in Parksville  BC
One of the many beauties on display at the 2012 Oceanside Overdrive Car Show in Parksville, BC
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Tall pine forest along the trail where Centennial Loop joins the Helen Mackenzie Battleship Lake tra...
Tall pine forest along the trail where Centennial Loop joins the Helen Mackenzie Battleship Lake trail in Strathcona Provincial Park.
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Snowy Parksville Bay on Vancouver Island
Snowy Parksville Bay on Vancouver Island
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Stratcona provincial park trail head marker for Paradise Meadows.
Stratcona provincial park trail head marker for Paradise Meadows.
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A Gray Jay or Whiskey Jack perches on a hand to feed on some seeds from lunch while hiking in Strath...
A Gray Jay or Whiskey Jack perches on a hand to feed on some seeds from lunch while hiking in Strathcona Provincial Park.
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Looking across Battleship Lake to Mount Washington Alpine Resort from the Helen Mackenzie Battleship...
Looking across Battleship Lake to Mount Washington Alpine Resort from the Helen Mackenzie Battleship lake trail at Strathcona Provincial Park.
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